• WordNet 3.6
    • n disputant a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a disputant Disputing; engaged in controversy.
    • n disputant One who disputes; one who argues in opposition to another; one appointed to dispute; a controvertist; a reasoner in opposition. "A singularly eager, acute, and pertinacious disputant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disputant Disputing; debating; engaged in controversy.
    • n disputant One who disputes or debates; one who argues in opposition to another; a debater.
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  • Alexander Pope
    “When much dispute has past, we find our tenets just the same as last.”
  • Voltaire
    “A long dispute means that both parties are wrong”
  • Sir Henry Wotton
    Sir Henry Wotton
    “The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.”
  • George Eliot
    “Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.”
  • George Macdonald
    “I find that doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”
  • Martin Luther
    “I shall never be a heretic; I may err in dispute, but I do not wish to decide anything finally; on the other hand, I am not bound by the opinions of men.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. disputants, p. pr. of disputare,: cf. F. disputant,. See Dispute (v. i.)


In literature:

The dispute waxed warm, and, while they stopped to argue it out at leisure, I went on.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
On the death of Lanfranc, however, the dispute broke out again.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
The woods are big enough without getting on this disputed land.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Winter Camp" by Laura Lee Hope
He heard Zwingli at Zuerich in 1527, and next year accompanied him to the disputation at Berne.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
There was also a disputed succession in Spain, where by the ancient law women might succeed to the throne.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
I had caught it by reading my father's books of dispute about religion.
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin
They never disputed, they never quarrelled.
"Stories of Comedy" by Various
At this day it is impossible to determine the merits of this dispute.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
Upon his return to Novgorod he had a dispute with the vetche, and he left the city.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
Out of 292 pages, at least 130 treat directly of that local dispute: others bear on it indirectly.
"The Clyde Mystery a Study in Forgeries and Folklore" by Andrew Lang
It would be a tedious task to enter into a detail of the disputes which arose in Washington's Cabinet, nor is it necessary to do so.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
The learned had their plagiarisms detected, and the wit had his claims disputed.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
She has been a party to half of the cases where disputes between nations have been referred to the Hague Tribunal.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
Through his dispute with Perrot, Frontenac had strained the good relations which Colbert wished him to maintain with the Sulpicians.
"The Fighting Governor" by Charles W. Colby
The later constitutional issues were chiefly disputes between the Dominion and the province of Ontario.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
It chanced that, in the ensuing disputes, the pope's legate was murdered.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Still, no one has yet risen to dispute his being the very person spoken of in these official papers.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9" by Various
A dispute arose, and in the course of it the landlord laid out one of the disputants with a chair.
"The Sheriff of Badger" by George B. Pattullo
This order binds the debts in the hands of the garnishee, and if he does not dispute his liability execution issues against him at once.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
The cause of the dispute was the irrigation of paddy-fields.
"The Life or Legend of Gaudama" by Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet

In poetry:

THE lady had at first some warm dispute
To many questions Jack was even mute;
But when he saw the golden charms unmasked,
Far more he promised than Catella asked.
"Richard Minutolo" by Jean de La Fontaine
O, may no Christian ever study then,
To imitate so vile a set of men!
But if he shou'd — without the least dispute,
I shall pronounce him worse than any brute.
"A Rebuke, For Neglecting To Beg A Blessing On, And To Return Thanks For, Our Food" by Rees Prichard
"My boy," said the sage, "I have answered you fair,
While you stuck to the point in dispute,
But this is a personal matter, and there
Is my answer--the toe of my boot."
"Father William" by James Whitcomb Riley
First Peace and Silence all disputes controll,
Then Order plaies the soul;
And giving all things their set forms and houres,
Makes of wilde woods sweet walks and bowres.
"The Familie" by George Herbert
And the guns rolled, and the tanks, but there was no sound,
Never the gasp or rustle of living men
Where the skeletons strung their wire on disputed ground ...
I knew them, then.
"1936" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Long lasted our dispute, intense to tears.
We were all gathered, and we were alone.
Distressing thoughts and anguish and dark doubts
For days had vexed and wrung us, sparing none.
"Reconciliation" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson

In news:

SHREVEPORT, LA — Shreveport authorities have taken a women into custody after she used a butcher knife during a dispute with a neighbor in the Caddo Heights neighborhood.
Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas, and Fort Worth's new Buffalo Gap Legendary Texas Cuisine are in a legal dispute over the latter's use of Buffalo Gap in its name.
The two tiny countries also share one of the world's worst ethnic disputes.
Construction of the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro has yet to start because of a legal dispute over the ownership of the land on the proposed site.
Charges dropped against banker in New York City cab fare dispute.
Grenada Cabinet minister resigns amid dispute.
Viacom Dispute Impacts DirecTV Q3.
Organization disputes alleged terrorist ties.
LINCOLN, Neb.—The owner of a property-listing website based in California is suing Nebraska to dispute a state requirement that she obtain a license to market homes in the Midwestern state.
Apple pays $60 million in iPad dispute.
You may need to give them advice, or they may need assistance in settling a big family dispute.
Classic car part of Rarity legal dispute.
A western New York woman has been convicted of punching a 70-year-old Walmart cashier during a dispute over a receipt on Christmas Eve.
No one would dispute that Sonoma is an epicurean center.
There's no disputing this: These sports photos from the last day will catch your eye.

In science:

INDEPENDENCE AND RELIABILITY For the sake of clarity, the disputed analyses are referred in this paper as grouped in rows A through M, by Amato et al.1 Some of these analyses were performed at different points of the same phengite lepidoblast (mica crystal in metamorphic rock).
Reply to "Comment on 'Compositional and Microchemical Evidence of Piezonuclear Fission Reactions in Rock Specimens Subjected to Compression Tests' [Strain 47 (Suppl. 2), 282 (2011)]" by G. Amato et al
Discussion about the Young equation including some recent disputes is also given in §2.4.4 of the monograph of Shikhmurzaev. 6 Material flux through the contact line is caused by the rolling motion of the fluid.
Slip or not slip? A methodical examination of the interface formation model using two-dimensional droplet spreading on a horizontal planar substrate as a prototype system
My analysis, by contrast, shows that the point on which he disputes with EPR is actually more subtle, which can be best appreciated as follows.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
Reference [ 246] discusses some difficulties of the measurement and closes a dispute caused by the troublesome comparison of rise time determinations obtained through different estimators.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
For a dispute about which of the above-mentioned two possibilities should be preferred, the fact that environmental decoherence readily describes precisely the apparently occurring “quantum jumps” or “collapse events” (as will be discussed in great detail throughout this book) appears most essential.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
The authors of Ref.  have apparently overlooked this fact, as they do not dispute the applicability of the SMM model.
Comment on "Statistical nature of multifragmentation" (A.S.Botvina and D.H.E.Gross, Phys.Rev. C56, R23 (1998)
Norton: General covariance and the foundations of general relativity: eight decades of dispute, Rep.
Principles of Equivalence: Their Role in Gravitation Physics and Experiments that Test Them
The first is that the Standard Model prediction for the muon anomalous magnetic moment is somewhat disputed, primarily in the hadronic contribution.
Improved constraints on supersymmetric dark matter from muon g-2
These are powered by central, spinning, magnetized neutron stars and there is no dispute that the mechanical spin energy of the star is steadily converted into an electromagnetic Poynting flux that carries energy into the magnetosphere.
The Phenomena of High Energy Astrophysics
The main area of dispute is the actual shape of the emission region; while Weisberg and Taylor find an hourglass-shaped beam (see Figure 14), Kramer maintains that a nearly circular cone plus an offset core is adequate (see Figure 15).
Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing
However, no one disputes the necessity of peer review.
Open source software and peer review
Then the air arrives, and the most disputed issue we caught in the fiscal year was just how early there was enough O2 to care about and whether its abundance was fairly steady once it formed.
Astrophysics in 2006
Furthermore, it unknowingly disputes well-established results in engineering.
Physical limits of inference
To sum up, we admit that it is disputable if to fit results of numerical simulations using our formula (58), or γ -formula.
The velocity-density relation in the spherical model
Secondly, what is the geometry of the manifold (space or spacetime) which forms the background arena for the disputed configurations of fields? The common feature of Thomson’s and Schr¨odinger’s like models of the atom is the homogeneity of their space-time structure.
Geometric model of the structure of the neutron